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June

Sportives

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03

June

What sort of bike do I need to ride with a road club?

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03

June

Basic Bike Maintenance

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31

May

About us

The Club

The Cowley Road Condors are a vibrant and friendly road cycling club, based in East Oxford, close to the city centre. We’re a driven group of individuals, keen to develop our cycling skills and technique, whilst continuing to build fitness. The club strives to be the friendliest sports club in Oxford. We are inclusive, community focused and have a committed, yet fun, outlook towards club riding.

The Condors are a non-profit club affiliated with British Cycling (BC) and Cycling Time-Trials (CTT). We host numerous weekly group rides throughout the season for our members, providing a wide variety of group road rides covering all abilities. We’re active in the local race and time-trial scenes, hosting our own events and encouraging cyclist development.

The club are active in the local community; promote Oxford’s cycling culture and provide support to local causes.


Club History

Formed in July 2011, with only four members (following a night at an East Ox pub!), the club now has a membership base of over sixty. After purchasing road bikes, the founding members were amazed there was no cycling club in Cowley; a huge catchment area of students, young professionals and of course, cyclists! It was hoped that with the creation of a club it would give opportunity to meet local, likeminded riders and so, with this rough outline of a plan, began the creation of the Cowley Road Condors.

Throughout the following three years it’s been great to see new faces turn-up for rides, and fantastic to see members’ confidence and ability grow through riding with the Condors. Our ethos is that you will not be 'dropped' on a club ride and we really are keen to attract to riders of all abilities and ages. Members regularly take part in road racing and TT competitions, and 2014 will see the first running of the Oxfordshire Road Racing league; of which the Condors are one of the founding members.

The Cowley Road Condors have a really bright, pink and black, future!


The Committee

The condor committee are responsible for the organisation and finances of the club, as well as developing and growing the clubs riders and reputation. Each committee member has different responsibilities:

  • Club President: The club president has overall responsibility for the club and acts as a “figurehead”. They will be involved in local and national cycling developments and have final vote on decisions made within the club.
  • Club Secretary: The Secretary has overall administrative responsibility, including memberships, governing body affiliation and communication. They will also arrange any meeting within the club, such as AGM.
  • Club Treasurer: The finances of the club are managed and forecasted by the treasurer. They are lead sign off for any accounts, payments or subscription fees. Each year, the treasurer should present the clubs finances at AGM and arrange audit as necessary.
  • Kit Officer: It is the Kit persons role to ensure the famous “Pink and Black” is available for riders and has sufficient coverage for both club and our generous sponsors. Please click here for details on how to order kit
  • Race Secretary: The Condors have a number of competitive riders and arrange events for both British Cycling and CTT. The race secretary is responsible for ensuring these are planned and communicated as well as having final say on entrants if events are oversubscribed. Interested in competing? See here
  • Social Secretary: help organise our legendary nights out on the Cowley road and any trips away for the club!
  • Web Officer: A new role for 2014. Responsible for co-ordination of social media and management of the Condors' website.
  • Women's Officer: This role ensures the equal access as well as women specific access to cycling within the club. The Condors are very proud pioneer women’s specific rides and access to competition.

31

May

Riding in a group

Riding in a Group


Introduction

If you’re not used to riding in a large group, rolling away handlebar to handlebar with other riders can be intimidating. However, with some knowledge of what to expect, the experience will be fun, sociable and unforgettable.

Safety is always our first priority and if you are unsure when you turn up to a ride, seek the advice of the “group leader” or another club rider. We are a very friendly bunch and most of us picked up these guidelines from riding and chatting with more experienced riders!


Changing up

on the majority of roads we ride, we will be 2 riders abreast. This is to ensure we do not snake too far along a road (10-12 riders in a line take up a huge length of road and are difficult for other road users to pass) and allows riders to spend time “on the front” working hard and then to drop back and get a little respite.

To do this safely, every couple of minutes, the rider on the front right of the group slowly overtakes the person to their left and slots in infront of them. The line of riders on the right all then steadily move up one position, giving a change of rider on the front right. The attached diagram is from the continent, so shows this process in the reverse of how we ride in the UK! The time spent on the front can be altered to accommodate terrain, weather and rider ability. it is perfectly acceptable to miss a turn on the front by going through and asking the person who is on your right to move through again – but only if you are feeling weak or out of your depth…..
Communicate

The most important factor to successful group riding is communication. Make sure you know the meaning of and always pass any verbal signals through the group. As well as obvious shouts such as “slowing” and “braking”, others to be aware of are “car up”, meaning there is a car ahead to be aware of, “car back”, meaning there is a car behind and “single out”, meaning to adopt single file. Be aware there are local variations of these shouts, so use your eyes too. There are a number of hand signals you should also be aware of (see illustrations below).


Be aware

Stay relaxed in the group but constantly look around and don’t mindlessly follow the wheels. Look past the riders in front to get a heads up of the road ahead. Always look first and let the riders around you know before moving within the group.
Obey the rules of the road

Rides take place on roads that are open to traffic and, even with those on closed roads, there’s no guarantee that there won’t some traffic on the course, so ride accordingly. Respect junctions and always stay on the correct side of the road.


Ride consistently and predictably

Your movements will effect everyone in the group. Hold a straight line, don’t weave and always overtake around the right hand side of the group. Don’t grab your brakes and, if you stand out of the saddle, don’t let your back wheel drop back. Also, when you come to a feed station, no matter how relieved you are to see it, don’t veer across the road.


Make sure both you and you’re bike are prepared

Ensure your bike is well maintained as misfiring gears or poor brakes can make you a liability in a bunch. Carry suitable spares, clothing and some of your own food and drink so that you are self reliant.
Avoid half wheeling

If road conditions and traffic allows you’ll often be riding two abreast. Maintain an even pace and stay level with the person next to you. Do not constantly up the pace whenever a rider draws level to you. Known as “half-wheeling” this is definitely frowned on.


Wheel suck

Don’t always sit amongst the wheels and shirk your stint on the front. Even if you just put in a few turns of the pedals it’ll be appreciated. However, even if you’re finding the pace easy, don’t get on the front and put the ‘hammer down’ (A term used to describe someone riding at the front of a group at a hard pace). Keep the pace and effort consistent.


Don’t ride in the gutter

If you’re on the front of the group, don’t sit in the gutter as you’ll be forcing everyone else to follow you increasing the likelihood of hitting obstructions such as drain covers and of picking up punctures. Where possible, ride 1 m out from the curb.

25

May

Welcome to the Cowley Road Condors Womens Section!

Welcome to the Cowley Road Condors Women's Section

A very warm welcome to the women's section of condors.cc. We've created these pages to act as a hub of information for our women members and those ladies who are thinking of riding with us, so we can provide you with a bit more detail, and tell you about some of the awesome things we're currently getting up to.

Our club's biggest growth area is women's cycling and our female members account for nearly a quarter of our overall membership.  Not only that, during the last season (2014-15) we tripled our total number of women members.  These are stat's we're all immensely proud of and makes us unique as a cycling club in Oxford.  

We would absolutely love for you to come and ride with us too, we're sure you'll enjoy it.  Don't just take our word for it though, some of our women riders have written about their experiences on our testimonials page.

By now we hope you've had a chance to read the 'Thinking of Joining' and 'About us' sections of the website so you'll know a little of what this club is all about... And hopefully the temptation to come ride with us is steadily building.  If you've never ridden with a cycling club before then please do come and give it a go; cycling on your own is great, but cycling in a group is so much more fun!

Check out the info below for a little more detail about the types of rides and activities we're involved in.

 

Rides

Whether you've ridden your road bike for 10 miles or over 10,000 miles; and whether that was just for fun or for the love of the white-heat of competition; we have a ride for you! Read all about our newbies rides, regular club rides, and mixed chain gangs and women-only chain gang on our rides page.

 

Racing

If you're interested in competitive cycling as well as our regular club rides, then our time trial and women's race teams are for you.  These teams welcome new riders, but are also competing at a high level and are having some great successes - read all about them on the women's racing page.  Do join the Condor Women's Racing Facebook Group too for all the latest racing info.

 

Social

The Condors fun doesn't stop when you get off the bike.  We're a really sociable club, and joining the Condors is a great way to meet new people, whether you're new to Oxford or have been here for years.  As well as the regular club socials and impromptu gatherings, the women's committee also organise regular women's socials.

 

Kit

The famous pink and black Condors kit is available to all club members and our kit suppliers Champion Systems produce women's-fit specific versions of all of the items.  Sizing in cycling kit can be a little odd, so we'd strongly recommend having a chat with your clubmates before ordering.

Custom kit orders take place every couple of months and the club also holds a small selection of stock.  You can check the current stock levels here and read more about kit on our kit page

 

Getting in touch

If you've got any queries, or if you just want to say hi, drop Women's Officers Cheryl and Laura an email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Be sure to join the Condors Facebook Group too for all the latest news and information about the club.

25

May

Women's Racing

Time Trialling

Are you thinking you might like to have a go at competing? A Condors' club time trial is a great way to start. They are informal events that we run once a month and the rules are simple, it’s you and your bike riding as fast as you can over a set distance without drafting behind other riders. Common distances are 10 or 25 miles and riders are usually set off individually at 1 minute intervals. After the event your time will be posted so you can see how well you did. This is also an excellent way to test your current fitness level and see how much you’ve improved, it’s not called ‘The Race of Truth’ for nothing! Need advice? Just ask, we’ll be happy to help.  

If you get the time trialling bug, as a Condor there's a whole host of other events open to you too - find out more on our time trialling page

Women's Road Racing

Entering your first road race can seem like a daunting prospect. Those of us who have raced have all been there and know what it is like, but once you get over this temporary hurdle you’ll find that road racing can be a lot of fun. Fast paced and exciting it can become quite addictive! Obviously having a good fitness level is paramount, nothing quite prepares you for ‘race pace’ of your first event and unless you are a superstar you should just aim to get round the course without dropping off the back of the pack. But don’t worry if you do, even the best riders get dropped sometimes. Stick at it though and before long you’ll be flying round.

The Condor ladies racing team is open to all women in the club and is always delighted to welcome new racers into the fold.  We currently have around ten regular women racers, so no matter what the event you should find you have other Condors there to team up with.  We're looking to build a strong female racing presence in the local amateur race scene.  The race team trains regularly for both fitness and race skills and is enjoying growing success, including a fourth place in the recent Bicester Millenium Woodstock Classic Women's Road Race.  Read all about that in our recent road race report.    

 

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